About Savor the Southwest

KAET/Phoenix is pleased to bring the popular cuisine of the American Southwest to public television audiences with "Savor the Southwest," a 13-part cooking series. The new series is hosted by Barbara Fenzl, a Phoenix-based Southwest cooking teacher, food writer and cookbook author.

Seven prominent Arizona chefs appear in "Savor the Southwest": Robert McGrath, The Roaring Fork, Scottsdale; Chuck Wiley, The Boulders, Carefree; Lenard Rubin, The Scottsdale Princess Resort; Donna Nordin, Cafe Terra Cotta, Scottsdale and Tucson; Janos Wilder, Janos, Tucson; Roxsand Suarez Scocos, Roxsand, Phoenix; and Vincent Guerithault, Vincent's on Camelback, Phoenix. Rounding out the all-star culinary lineup are Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Border Grill, Santa Monica, Calif.; Robert Del Grande, Cafe Annie and Rio Ranch Texas, Houston; Loretta Barrett Oden, Corn Dance Cafe, Santa Fe, N.M.; Stephan Pyles, Star Canyon, Dallas; Jay McCarthy, Cazwellas, Telluride, Colo.; and John Sedlar, chef/author of "Modern Southwest Cuisine."

America has come to know Southwestern food in the past decade, thanks in large part to these creative chefs who have successfully combined the elements of Spanish, Native American and Mexican cultures in their fashionable restaurants. On "Savor the Southwest," Fenzl welcomes each of the celebrity chefs to a beautiful Arizona kitchen where they prepare a variety of taste-tempting dishes that can be easily duplicated in home kitchens. Among them: sugar and chile-cured duck breasts, vegetarian red bean chile, coffee roasted fillet of beef, three sisters stew with corn dumplings, barbecue paella, cactus fries, salsa fresca, chicken and tomatillo tamales, chocolate diablo bread pudding, and chocolate tacos filled with hazelnut mousse. They also share cooking tips and talk about the origins and traditions of Southwestern foods.

"Savor the Southwest" was produced by KAET/Phoenix and A La Carte Communications, whose credits include "In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs," "Baking with Julia" and "Julia Child & Jacques Pepin, Cooking in Concert." A companion cookbook, published by Bay Books, and a DVD of Barbara Fenzl's cooking tips and techniques are available for purchase. "Savor the Southwest" is distributed nationally by NETA - National Educational Telecommunications Association.

"Savor the Southwest" is part of KAET's award-winning Arizona Collection, a continuing series that celebrates the land, history and people of Arizona. Funding was provided by the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation and the KAET Program Partners.